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Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai Announces New Cabinet With 23 Old and 6 New Members

Basavaraj Bommai’s new cabinet is formed…Get the details

Thursday, 5th August 2021

The new chief minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday inducted 29 ministers into his cabinet. While most of the ministers were the ones who served his predecessor B S Yediyurappa in his ministry, there are six new ministers who have been brought in.

A week after the former Karnataka chief minister announced his decision to step down from the post he has been holding for four terms and Bommai was unanimously selected to fill in the position, the much awaited cabinet expansion has been done.

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Bommai refrained from including Yediyurappa's younger son and state BJP vice president B Y Vijayendra in the cabinet citing that he will not be having any deputy chief ministers in the cabinet in accordance to the directions by the high command.

Oath of office was taken by all the inductees at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru which was overseen by the state governor Thaawarchand Gehlot.

While the six new faces who have found their way into the new cabinet are V Sunil Kumar (Karkala), Araga Jnanendra (Thirthahalli), Munirathna (RR Nagar), Halappa Achar (Yelburga), Shankar Patil Munenkopp (Navalgunda) and BC Nagesh (Tiptur), the old ministers from Yediyurappa’s cabinet who got inducted into the new one include Govind Karjol (Mudhol), KS Eshwarappa (Shivamogga), R Ashoka (Padmanabhanagar), CN Ashwath Narayan (Malleshwaram), B Sriramulu (Molkalmuru), Umesh Katti (Hukkeri), ST Somashekar (Yeshwanthpur), K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura), and BC Patil (Hirekeruru).

There are also Also, JC Madhuswamy (Chikkanayakanahalli), Prabhu Chauhan (Aurad), V Somanna (Govindraj Nagar), S Angara (Sullia), Anand Singh (Vijayanagara), CC Patil (Nargund), MTB Nagaraj (MLC) and Kota Srinivas Poojary (MLC).

Bommai has clarified that he has kept the caste equation balanced as he has inducted most of his ministers from the two main communities of the state. This also ensures a sizeable representation of the backward communities in the government.

The new cabinet has 8 ministers are Lingayats, 7 Vokkaligas, 7 OBCs, 3 SCs, 2 Brahmins, 1 ST and 1 Reddy. Former minister Shashikala Jolle is the only woman in the new cabinet.

Bommai also took care to keep his word and inducted 10 legislators who had defected from the Congress party and joined the BJP in 2019 helping them to come to power.

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